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Chellie Pingree's Biography


Contact Information


Post Office Box 17613
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207-773-0155

1 Silver Street
Waterville, ME 04901

2 Portland Fish Pier, Suite 304
Portland, ME 04101

2162 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Full Name:

Chellie M. Pingree




Divorced: Charlie; 3 Children: Hannah, Cecily, Asa; Divorced: Donald

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Minneapolis, MN

Home City:

North Haven, ME



BA, College of the Atlantic, 1979

Attended, University of Southern Maine, 1973

Representative, United States House of Representatives, Maine, District 1, 2009-present

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, Maine, District 1, 2022

Candidate, United States Senate, Maine, 2002

Senator, Maine State Senate, 1992-2000

Majority Leader, Maine State Senate, 1996-2000

Former Member, House Armed Services Committee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, House Rules Committee, United States House of Representatives

Co-Founder, Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, United States House of Representatives

Founder/Co-Owner, Nebo Lodge, 2006-present

Former Editor, North Haven News

Former Owner, North Island Yarn

President/Chief Executive Officer, Common Cause, 2003-2007

Owner/Founder, North Island Designs, 1981-1993

Author/Essayist, Design and Production, 1986-1992

Photographer, Design and Production, 1986-1992

Producer, Design and Production, 1986-1992

Farmer, North Island Farm, 1977-1980

Former Member, Advisory Board, Maine Businesses For Social Responsibility

Former Member, Board of Directors, Inter Island League

Former Member, Board of Directors, Wal-Mart Watch

Founder, Farm Apprenticeship Program

Former Member, Ferry Advisory Committee

Founder, Maine Economic Growth Council

Former Board Member, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Former Treasurer, North Haven Development Corporation

Member, North Haven Grange

Former Member, North Haven School Board

Member, Board of Directors, Families USA, 2004-2007

Trustee, College of the Atlantic, 1997-2001

President/Founder, North Haven Arts and Enrichment Fund, 1990-2000

Co-Chair, Maine Economic Growth Council, 1995-1998

Chair, Maine Women's Vote Project, 1998

Planning Fellow, Center for Policy Alternatives, 1997

Member, Eisenhower Fellow to Hungary, 1997

Toll Fellow, Northeast Region, Council of Governments, 1995

Manager, North Haven Tax Assessors, 1980-1994

Member, North Haven Planning Board, 1981-1991

Member/Chair, North Haven Board of Assessors, 1981-1987


Outstanding Legislative Leadership on behalf of Children and Senior Citizens, The Maine Council of Senior Citizens, 1999; Outstanding Leadership Award, The Maine Nature Conservancy for successful efforts to increase public land holdings in the State of Maine, 1999; Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the building of a vibrant sustainable rural Maine, Maine Rural Development Council, 1998; Senior Fellow, Center for Policy Alternatives, Washington,D.C. Focusing on the national impact of state policy and international leadership training for state legislators., 2001-2000; Legislator of the Year, Economic Development Council of Maine, 1994; Consumer Health Advocate Award, Families USA, Washington, D.C., 2001; Maine's Favorite Legislator', Maine Times Newspaper Poll, 1995; Arthur S. Flemming, "Courage to Lead" Award, Center for Policy Alternatives, Washington, District of Columbia, 2000; Environmental Award, Natural Resources Council of Maine, 2000; Leader for Change Award, Dirigo Alliance, 2003; State Government Fellow, Harvards John F. Kennedy School of Government State and Local Government Program, 1996; Flemming Fellow, Center for Policy Alternatives, Washington, District of Columbia, 1996; Jerome H. Barnett Award, Eastern Maine Development Corporation, 1994; Buzz Fitzgerald Public Service Award, Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence, 2006; Watering Can Award, Maine Initiatives, 2001; Northeast Region Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments Program, 1996; Hero of the Campaign Award, Citizens to Save Maine's Heritage for the successful Land Access Bond, 1999; Legislator of the Year Award, National Association of Social Workers, 2001; Leader for Change Award, Dirigo Alliance, 2000; Women's Hall of Fame, Maine Federation of Business and Professional Women, 2001; Public Official of the Year Award, US Action, 2001; Leadership Award, James Beard Foundation, 2017

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Father's Occupation:


Favorite Book:

Anything by Ruth Moore

Favorite Movie:

It's a Wonderful Life, Wizard of Oz

Favorite Musician:

The Toughcats, the Beatles

Favorite TV Shows:

Any news or commentary, Rachel Maddow, Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Sponge Bob Square Pants (with my grandson)

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Gardening, kayaking, sailing, biking

Mother's Name:


Mother's Occupation:


Names of Grandchildren:

Elsie, Oscar, and Smith

Number of Grandchildren: